BA Operating A321Neo on Cairo Route

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  • Simon
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    I see that BA now operates the A321Neo (A32Q) on LHR/CAI/LHR. Do they have this aircraft operating with CW product (like the former BMed aircraft) or is this now a massive downgrade of the route from the 788/777 that they have been operating? I flew recently in CE on this aircraft type – cant say I was that impressed and it was only a 3hr flight.


    Gold-2K
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    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49059700

    Well that’s one way of dealing with the negative feedback to the aircraft change!

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    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Back in 2015 when there was a security situation at Cairo we saw KLM not accepting any checked baggage. Some passengers refused to travel without being able to check their luggage.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/06/klm-dutch-airline-hand-luggage-only-policy-cairo-flight-sharm-el-sheikh


    Folium
    Participant

    One way to avoid moaning about a plane change for the LHR-CAI route is a security alert that means all BA flights LHR-CAI are suspended….

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49059700


    openfly
    Participant

    …..only until the A321neo problems are made public! According to today’s U.K. Times it has a more complicated but similar problem as the MAX. Operators are already instructed to modify the loading/trim while investigations take place.


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    It was a decision taken at very short notice.

    According to a tweet (including a photo) BA cancelled LHR-CAI while the luggage was in the process of being delivered to the aircraft.

    BA’s notice board displayed this message: “Bags from the following flight (BA155) can be collected here (belt # 7)”


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Breaking news.

    Lufthansa has now cancelled flights to Cairo,

    https://www.ft.com/content/c65fc17e-ab2b-11e9-8030-530adfa879c2


    SimonS1
    Participant

    Breaking news.

    Lufthansa has now cancelled flights to Cairo,

    https://www.ft.com/content/c65fc17e-ab2b-11e9-8030-530adfa879c2

    Well to be clear they actually cancelled one flight. Today will operate as normal.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/20/british-airways-suspends-cairo-flights-as-security-precaution


    SimonS1
    Participant

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49059700

    Well that’s one way of dealing with the negative feedback to the aircraft change!

    Someone had the cheek to suggest this on FT and had to face the full wrath of the fan boys on duty.

    Disgusting, preposterous, childish, despicable etc, of course BA would never pull a stunt like that.

    Who knows, strange that other airlines are still operating, but perhaps BA has inside intel.


    ImissConcorde
    Participant

    Perhaps somonee in BA actually remembers what happened in Kuwait in August 1990!


    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Hello SimonS1 – Thanks for clarifying.

    Note that I posted the FT piece within mins of it having appeared on line late last night. There was no indication by FT of how long the suspension at LH would last.

    But I agree I ought to have said “suspended” but anyone who followed the link I provided would realised my error.


    Simon
    Participant

    Interesting enough, for the last 18 months or so, when departing Cairo on BA, at the gate all passengers had their hand baggage searched and one was also frisked. I believe BA was the only carrier doing this. With a full 787 or 777 aircraft, this always took some time.


    Swissdiver
    Participant

    Interesting enough, for the last 18 months or so, when departing Cairo on BA, at the gate all passengers had their hand baggage searched and one was also frisked. I believe BA was the only carrier doing this. With a full 787 or 777 aircraft, this always took some time.

    BA is more exposed in a number of countries as the UK flag carrier, a country that sided by the US in the Middle East (too) often.


    SimonS1
    Participant

    So flights to Cairo resumed on Friday night (26th) with a 787.

    No-one likes a security risk, but nonetheless a really good stroke of luck that the security threat covered the period when BA were due to fly a A321 NEO with it’s densified seating. That must have saved a few complaints.

    On the other hand very unfortunate for BA that they seemed to be the main focus of the threat and that Lufthansa was able to restart after only 1 day.

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